Jackie Loughery, wife of Dragnet star Jack Webb, dies at 93

By Brenda June Temple

Jackie Loughery and Jack Webb applying for marriage license in 1958. By AP Wirephoto, Wirephoto 8X10, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org


Jacqueline V. Loughery (sometimes credited as Evelyn Avery; 1930/1931 – 23 February 2024) was an American actress and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned “Miss Rockaway Point” in 1949 before becoming crowned Miss New York USA 1952 and later was the first-ever winner of the Miss USA competition (Miss USA 1952).


Loughery appeared in several films, including the 1956 comedy Pardners with Martin and Lewis and the 1957 drama The D.I., with Jack Webb, whom she married in 1958.

In 1951, Loughery appeared in the short-lived variety show Seven at Eleven. In 1954, she was Johnny Carson‘s assistant in the short lived game show Earn Your Vacation. In 1956, she co-starred with Edgar Buchanan and Jack Buetel in the syndicated western television series Judge Roy Bean, as Judge Bean’s niece, Letty.: 547  In 1957–58, she made five guest appearances on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show; three as “Joyce Collins” and the other two as “Vicki Donovan”. In 1963, she appeared on Perry Mason as Nell Grimes, the actual murderer of the title character in “The Case of the Bigamous Spouse”. She appeared as Martha, sister of Sheriff Sam Phelps in the May 18, 1961 episode of the series Bat Masterson, “Farmer with a Badge”. She was featured in the film Eighteen and Anxious (1957) and top-billed in The Hot Angel (1958).